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Food allergies and a sweet tooth?
Even those with food allergies need comfort food every now and then. Especially with our morning coffee. So what do you do if you have a soy allergy, peanut allergy, dairy allergy or pea allergy? And where do you go when you have something to celebrate but the person has a food intolerance or severe food allergy? You buy baked goods by Abe’s Muffins, of course!
It all started a little over a week ago. The day before I left my job, my coworkers asked me what I was allergic to. My worst food allergies with the anaphylactic allergy are peanuts and soy protein, so I mentioned peanuts. I prayed that whatever they got me didn’t have soy protein.
A Happy Surprise!
I completely lucked out because Abe’s Vegan Chocolate Layer Cake was sitting in the office the very next day. I’m aware this is horrible, but I hadn’t mentioned the soy allergy or the allergy to peas. I just wrote a post about how to talk about your food allergy to people. Yet, I wasn’t practicing what I preached. Being proactive and giving a long list isn’t as easy as I thought. The last thing I want is to seem ‘weak’ or annoying. But I have to stop judging myself and how I believe others will react.
So of course, my mind went on a crazy spiral. I worried about whether I’d have to decline cake on the basis of another allergenic ingredient I neglected to mention.
Terrified, I read the ingredients and breathed a sigh of relief. Abe’s Chocolate Cake is soy-free, nut-free and peas-free! The only (very minor) allergen in it for me is sunflower lecithin, which is bearable.
If it were a severe allergen like soy, (which my IgE allergy testing markers showed I’m anaphylactic to) I’d avoid its derivatives completely.
But going back to the cake, it was a beautiful, chocolate layer cake. My coworkers found it at Whole Foods and made the special trip to make sure I was safe. I am so grateful for their thoughtfulness.
The cake itself was delicious. Because it is vegan, there was no milk or eggs in it and the texture of the cake is more like the brittle part of the top of brownies after you allow them to cool for a while. The bites and slices easily broke apart but the taste was yummy. The icing was like a milk chocolate Pillsbury icing to the point where you couldn’t taste a difference at all. For those with Celiac or gluten sensitivity, they also had gluten-free options, so stay tuned until the end of this post!
Who Wants Breakfast?
Finding food allergy friendly breakfast muffins isn’t the easiest thing to do, but Abe’s makes it a heck of a lot easier with their super moist, delicious soy-free nut-free dairy-free egg-free muffins. The first ones I tried were the delectable Lemon Poppy mini muffins, which filled me up after two. But because they’re so moist and have a nice vanilla-lemon flavor, I had to have another. I have to say of all the muffins, these were my favorite!
Abe’s Wild Blueberry Mini Muffins
Of course, I couldn’t finish these food allergy friendly desserts all in one day, so the next day I had the Wild Blueberry mini muffins. They are soy-free, egg-free, nut-free and dairy-free! According to a label on the box, the real Abe is also lactose intolerant and allergic to nuts, seeds and eggs. These blueberry muffins didn’t disappoint and were some of the best I ever had!
Abe’s Chocolate Chip Mini Muffins
If you like chocolate chip cookies, these mufins are for you. They’re moist and the chocolate chips are almost like dark chocolate because they’re semisweet. Biting into these little muffins kind of reminds me of biting into a blondie…a very similar texture and reminiscent of Chewy Chips Ahoy. Yum. These muffins seem to be the most addictive of them all.
Abe’s Mom’s Gluten-Free Coffee Cake muffins and Abe’s Mom’s Gluten-Free Lemon Poppy Muffins are perfect for those with wheat allergies or gluten intolerance. The coffee cake muffins have just the right amount of cinnamon and crumble on top to make them perfect for your morning coffee or tea. The Gluten-Free Lemon Poppy muffins have a fluffy texture, since they are made with sorghum, rice and potato. The poppy seeds are crushed so tiny you only get the flavor, which is a nice medley with the lemon. These Lemon Poppy muffins are a gluten-free Celiac disease person’s dream.
All in all, I have to say I was very impressed by the quality of these muffins. There is such a nice variety with other flavors like Devil’s Food Cake mini muffins and a vanilla frosted layer cake which I’m definitely going to try one of these days!
I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I did sampling and writing it! Let me know in the comments which one is your favorite!